Mechanical Properties

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMPH023-05
Vaknaam Mechanical Properties
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Mechanical Properties
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:

describe one the topics (a thru f) listed above at the level of recent international literature

discuss the differences and similarities for this topic between metals, polymers and ceramics

discuss the connections between the topics a

collaborate in disclosing new knowledge

writing an evolving document and reviewing someone else’s

perform a scientific debate among peers.
Omschrijving Mechanical properties rule! Every tangible object (natural or man-made), every device, everything exists by virtue of the mechanical properties of the material it is made of. No stiffness — no shape; no strength — no lifetime. But why do materials deform or break the way they do?

This course uncovers the relationship between the mechanical properties of solid materials, their internal structure and the physicochemical phenomena taking placing at the dominant scale. Building on the structural knowledge obtained in AM001, the course is designed to highlight the differences and similarities between metals, ceramics and polymers. In doing so, students will answer questions like: Why is a Dyneema fiber as strong as steel? Why does a loaded rubber band shorten upon heating, whereas all materials exhibit thermal expansion? What is the origin of a brittle-to-ductile transition?

Beside introductory courses on fracture mechanics and the relation between bonding type and elasticity, the bulk of the course is dedicated to peer-group driven self-teaching on the following topics:
a. the carriers of plastic deformation;
b. the role of crystallinity and interfaces;
c. the origin of brittle and ductile fracture;
d. toughness and toughening;
e. fatigue;
f. nano-composites.
Conceptual understanding is more important in this course than heavy modeling (for which interested students may consider the course Micromechanics), yet a thorough understanding is sometimes mediated by some key formulas.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(LC 4, 13 T, 13 T, 110 ASM)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Practisch werk (PR), Presentatie (P), Verslag (R)
(50% R, 20% P, 25% PR, 5% AST)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. ir. E. van der Giessen
Docent(en) prof. dr. ir. E. van der Giessen
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Lecture notes and material to be distributed prior to the peer group sessions
Entreevoorwaarden A bachelor-level introduction in Materials Science is useful but not strictly necessary.
Opmerkingen The weighted average of these marks, (5*Report+Review Report+2*Oral Presentation/10, gives the basic grade for the course (maximum 8). In addition, students can earn up to 2 grade points depending on their contribution to the plenary discussion (scored during the meetings) and the activity in the group process.

This course was registered last year with course code WMPH14002
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Applied Physics  ( Verplichte vakken) - semester II a verplicht
MSc Courses for Exchange Students: Astronomy - Physics - Energy & Environment - semester II a
MSc Industrial Engineering and Management: Production Technology and Logistics  (Optional technical PTL modules) - semester II a Elective APE
MSc Physics: Advanced Materials  ( Keuzevakken in Biological and Bio-inspired Materials) - semester II a keuze: BBM